Late Spring Wildflowers

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Prickly pear cacti bloom among a field of red firewheels in the Texas Hill Country south of Llano.

Bluebonnets are the iconic Texas wildflower that generally bloom in March and April.  Lesser known wildflowers usually bloom later in spring and can be just as impressive, especially in years that have good rainfall.  This past spring was average at best for bluebonnets in the Hill Country, but the other wildflowers are the ones that have really put on a show in May.  Firewheels, greenthread, bitterweed and many others have been blooming in great numbers this year due to all the rainfall brought by El Nino. I will be posting continued updates as spring progresses of which wildflowers are in bloom and where.  I’ve also updated my New Work gallery with pictures of Texas Wildflowers from the current spring season.

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Early signs of spring

The sun sets over a beautiful field of wildflowers a the end of a perfect day in the Texas Hill Country. 4/12/2010

Spring wildflowers in Mason County during 2010. A wet fall and winter bode well for a great wildflower display this year as well. This image features bluebonnets, groundsel and prickly poppies at sunset in the Texas Hill Country.

We’ve had a roller coaster ride of temperatures over the last several weeks that included many days of above normal spring-like weather. That has come to an abrupt end with colder than normal temperatures forecast through the weekend. The warmer weather did, however, cause some trees to start blooming and put on new leaves. The only native trees spotted in the Austin area that have begun to bloom are redbuds and mountain laurels.

Invasive weeds are blooming already including invasive mustard and pin clover. The landscape is becoming much greener as well with grasses waking from their winter slumber. Native annuals should be starting to bloom soon, but it is unclear how the recent temperature extremes will impact the bloom. I will begin scouting trips to find the best wildflower displays the first weekend of March.  Visit my website for more information.